Over 50 clients and community members gathered at 6th & National Ave to make the ceremonial walk to 130 W. Bruce St. and warm our new space with music, stories and a potluck feast.
Jillian Holy, volunteer coordinator for CORE/El Centro, wrote a beautiful garden-inspired retelling of the history of the Healing Collective agencies - CORE/El Centro, Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic, and The Healing Center. Clients of each of the agencies shared testimonials and some even put together a music, poetry and movement performance. It was a true celebration of community, growth and healing.
As part of the celebration, participants were invited to plant a seed (or two) for the rooftop garden. We had packets of broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, basil (three different varieties), sage, parsley, and even onions! Onions can easily be planted straight into the ground, but in the spirit of experimentation I thought we could try some from transplant and some from direct seed.
The Clock Shadow Building has a wall of south facing windows to maximize the natural light into the office. This will also come in handy as a seed-starting area. While some easy mini-greenhouses can be built with shelving and a few large lamps, the more natural energy we can use, the better! I'll post pictures once we start to see the seedlings (usually 5-10 days, depending on the plant).